As you walk into the gym, those who hustle are discreet. Ones who you may never notice- silently sweating, focused with training pad in hand. The usual characters are the easiest to find- Mr. Invisible Lats, Mrs. 50 Rep Power Clean, Selfie Stick Boy... The hustle in the gym isn’t about “likes”, but about getting work done. No, not 'guess work', but one with purpose. Renegade Founder John Davies has coached elite athletes for decades and has seen the difference between those who will flourish and those who will fail. What category will you be in?
"Life and the pursuit of excellence do not happen within safe narrow confines and until you push the throttle to the red line, you simply do not know what it takes. Said ‘what it takes’ is an often quoted term with grandiose bravado but beyond the speeches success hinges upon the quality of performance. Simply, actions speak louder than words.
1. You can't fake it
Given yesterday was the first day of summer and with training camps in sight, as it is each year 'athletes' with little experience are now asking for my opinion talking about starting their preparation. Training started months ago and in many situations athletes are engaged in quadrennial cycles. Strength and conditioning do not precisely ‘make the athlete’ but does immediately establish proof of discipline. Be prepared.
2. Challenge yourself with weak spots daily
Possessing a VO2 max max of 65 or a triple bodyweight squat does not come by chance. It requires considerable sweat and years of dedication to which there are no compromises. At some time when you are lungs are begging for air and you've got another mile to do at a 5:15 pace, you learn none of 'this can be faked'. Confidence is earned with sweat.
The broadest majority of athletes require a stronger lower body of which walking lunges are about as perfect an exercise as possible. However, it does take venom and grit because those worthwhile steps, far removed from the ‘comfort zone’, test the athlete if they have ‘what it takes’.
3. There are no shortcuts
Most plans fail because people fail to plan to be successful and respect that the road to success is long and a constant uphill grind. If you want the victor’s chalice you have to prove it daily. Within sport and physical culture there is a relatively 'simple process' to success as a well-designed training regime when applied with a nutritious diet and recovery measures places the individual in a situation where the rate of success is most likely. This plan is 'relative simple' in theory, deeply challenging as it relates to compliance and has little room for compromises to quality. The 'average' will make excuses why compliance can be ignored periodically but as the term suggests, 'the average' are simply 'average' and will always be as such. That may not be the pleasant 'feel good' internet story of likes and happy kittens chasing balls of yarn but it is an absolute fact as those determined to be victorious make no excuses.
4. Train in chaos or prepare to fail
Success is reserved for those who willing to do what others will not and invariably are ‘comfortable with being uncomfortable’. Whether enduring deep physical ‘discomfort’ managing muscular pump or lungs aching for air, if you possess ‘what it takes’ you have accepted training truly doesn’t start until the sweat stings your eyes. Endure and embrace the challenge, for each moment pushes you a little closer to your goals."
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